New Delhi, May 9 (). The Delhi High Court has granted bail on medical grounds to businessman P. Sarath Chandra Reddy, accused in a money laundering case in connection with the alleged excise policy scam.
On granting the bail, Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma said that the sick and vulnerable have the right to proper and effective treatment.
The justice said basic treatment can be given to the accused in jail, but the present case requires special treatment and monitoring, which the court cannot arrange.
Since there was no material on record to show Reddy as a flight risk, the court held that he was in poor health and was eligible to be released on bail.
The judge said Reddy would have to take permission to travel. Besides this, the court imposed certain conditions like not tampering with the evidence, surrendering his passport, appearing before the investigating officer and keeping his mobile phone on.
Justice Sharma clarified that the order was passed without considering the merits of the case in view of the medical condition of the accused and would not be taken as a precedent.
Supporting Reddy, his counsel senior advocate Vikas Pahwa submitted that the medical records show that he is sick and debilitated and deserves bail under Section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.